Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview


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Alaska: Denali to Kenai Fjords

  • August 30, 2023
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Costa Rica: Wildlife and Conservation

  • October 10, 2023
  • November 7, 2023
  • December 5, 2023

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On Safari: Exploring Wildlife Conservation in Kenya

  • June 2, 2023
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Morocco Photography Expedition

  • September 16, 2023

Morocco: Legendary Cities and the Sahara

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New Zealand From North to South

  • October 13, 2023
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Norway’s Trains and Fjords

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On Safari: Tanzania’s Great Migration

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Southern Africa Safari by Private Air

  • August 30, 2023
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Spain: Walking the Camino de Santiago

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  • July 2, 16, 23 & 30, 2023
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Danube Christmas Markets River Cruise

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Important Information

  • Book by July 24, 2023
  • Offer is good for select itineraries and dates only
  • This is a cash-only offer; Members cannot use Disney Vacation Club Points or a combination of points and cash
  • Offer is for new booking only
  • Offer availability is limited for each departure
  • May not be combined with other offers, discounts or promotions
  • Not all stateroom categories are available for booking; not valid for Suites
Between May 23 and July 24, 2023, Disney Vacation Club (“DVC”) Members who book select National Geographic Expeditions itineraries save: (1) $350 off per person on select North America Land departures; or (2) $500 off per person on select International Land and River Cruise departures. Offer valid only for select departures between June and December 2023, and offer availability is limited for each departure. The per-person savings is taken from the non-discounted prevailing rate for each departure as quoted on the date of booking (“Regular Rate”). Regular Rates are based on double occupancy, vary depending on departure date and time of booking, and are subject to change. Travel must be booked 30 - 60 days prior to applicable departure date, depending on the itinerary. Not applicable to deposit, baggage fees, extensions, or airfare. Not all stateroom categories are available for booking, and the offer is not valid for Suites. Availability of the offer is subject to confirmation at time of booking and paying the standard trip deposit. Any courtesy hold, without payment of the standard deposit, will not guarantee availability of the offer for the selected departure date. Offer valid for new, cash bookings only; not valid for bookings with points or a combination of cash and points. Subject to availability at the time of booking. May not be combined with other offers, discounts, or promotions. Offer not transferable or redeemable for cash in whole or in part. Not valid for group bookings. A limited number of staterooms of certain categories are available for the promotion. Offer valid for residents of the U.S. and Canada (except for Quebec where the offer is only available to travel agents). Void where prohibited. Offer is subject to restrictions and conditions and may change without notice. Bookings subject to restrictions and trip standard terms and conditions. Disney Vacation Club Members can book by calling National Geographic Expeditions directly. To receive these discounts, Members must be eligible for Membership Extras. Membership Extras is an incidental benefit subject to change or termination. Members should refer to the Membership Extras Acknowledgement and Disclosure Statement for more information or visit disneyvacationclub.com.
Available Departures
  • Oct 10-18, 2023
  • Nov 7-15, 2023
  • Dec 5-13, 2023
  • Encounter a wide range of wildlife, from white-faced capuchins and howler monkeys to sloths, caimans, basilisk lizards, toucans, and thousands of butterflies.
  • Navigate the Río Frío of Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge by boat and identify unusual rainforest species hiking with naturalists from La Selva Biological Station & Reserve.
  • Join researchers in the field at the Monteverde Institute and participate in their ongoing cloud forest conservation projects.
  • Watch for monkeys and birdlife while navigating the mangroves of Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge, and meet with experts from local scientific organizations focused on sustainability and conservation.



From cloud forests and wetlands to coastal mangroves and pristine beaches, discover Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity—and the conservation efforts that are helping to preserve it. On an expedition to wildlife refuges and national parks across northern Costa Rica, venture into the rainforests that blanket Arenal Volcano and go birding in the marshes of Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge. Visit a working coffee and cacao farm, follow naturalists on hikes through habitats teeming with wildlife, and meet scientists at three different research stations for an inside look at critical conservation efforts.

Day 1: San José, Costa Rica
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Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, and transfer to our hotel upon arrival. After time to enjoy a swim or wander through the hotel’s tropical gardens and coffee plantation, meet for a welcome reception and dinner.

Meals Included:Dinner

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen

Day 2: Sarapiquí /Arenal Volcano
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Travel north into the lowland tropical forests of Sarapiquí to La Selva Biological Station & Reserve, home to 470 recorded bird species, 125 mammal species, and so much more. On a naturalist-led hike, look for colorful poison dart frogs and unusual plant species, learn about long-term research projects, and discover the important role of the reserve in creating a protected biological corridor. This afternoon, drive to our lodgings at the base of Arenal Volcano. Enjoy a talk by our expert before dinner at the hotel.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa

Day 3: Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge
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Set out on a full-day excursion to one of the world’s great wetlands, Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge. Stretching along the border with Nicaragua, the reserve is a birder’s paradise, attracting hundreds of species of migratory birds to its shallow lagoons. Navigate the waterways in a covered boat, watching for all manner of wildlife, from roseate spoonbills to caimans, monkeys, and sloths. Return to Arenal this afternoon.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa

Day 4: Arenal Volcano National Park
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Spend the morning exploring Arenal Volcano National Park, where lush rainforests flank the conical peak of the most active volcano in Central America. On a naturalist-led hike, learn about the geothermal forces that kept this volcano simmering until 2011, and discover the park’s diverse flora and fauna. Take advantage of a free afternoon to visit the nearby hot springs or relax at the hotel pool, enjoying views of the stunning symmetrical peak of Arenal. Before dinner, try your hand at stirring up a guaro sour, a cocktail made with a Costa Rican sugarcane spirit.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa

Day 5: Arenal Volcano / Monteverde
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Begin the day with a private boat ride across beautiful Lake Arenal. Continue by road to Don Juan Tours, a family-run coffee farm, where we’ll take a tour of their coffee, cacao, and sugarcane plantation. Enjoy a tasting of the fruits and their finished products and discover their different uses in medicine and cuisine. Then journey to the cloud forest-covered mountains of Monteverde.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fondavela Monteverde Hotel

Day 6: Monteverde
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Awaken early for a specially arranged excursion to the Monteverde Institute. Enjoy a picnic breakfast during a talk about the important fieldwork being done at the Monteverde Institute and its long relationship with National Geographic. Then split into groups to join researchers in the field. You’ll have the chance to tend native plants at the nursery or pitch in with reforestation efforts and participate in bird mist netting and tagging. Sit down to a well-earned lunch at a local restaurant. Then hike trails through the cloud forest and cross hanging bridges to get a close up view of the canopy.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fondavela Monteverde Hotel

Day 7: Santa Rosa National Park/Guanacaste
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Head for the coastal province of Guanacaste this morning and set out on a guided visit to Santa Rosa National Park, one of the oldest national parks in Costa Rica. Here, tropical dry forest reaches all the way to the beach, harboring a wealth of wildlife. On a drive through the park, watch for some of the resident creatures, as well as 500-year-old trees and stunning scenery. Get a closer look on a guided walk along a forest trail. End your day with a presentation at the hotel by experts in the subject of sea turtle conservation, where they will provide general information about Las Baulas National Park and their challenges and efforts, including citizen science, environmental education, and communication to support the community of Playa Grande and the national park. One main topic that will be shared is the Marine Litter Lab, which we will visit the next day and be able to tie the information obtained with the field work.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

El Mangroove

Day 8: Las Baulas National Marine Park/Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge
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Las Baulas National Marine Park stretches along the Tamarindo Bay, protecting mangroves, beaches, and waters where sea turtles come to nest each year. Board small boats to explore the mangroves of the adjacent Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge this morning, on the lookout for crocodiles, white-faced capuchin monkeys, and many bird species. After lunch, take part in a brief presentation and a visit to a sea turtle nursery for some field work, consisting of a swift beach clean-up and then an analysis of the interaction with wildlife. Then meet with representatives from the scientific organizations Sostenibilidad en Grande (Sustainability at Large), and FUNDECODES (Foundation for Balance Between Conservation and Sustainable Development). Tonight, toast your Costa Rica wildlife adventure at a farewell dinner.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

El Mangroove

Day 9: Guanacaste/Home
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After breakfast, transfer to the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) in Guanacaste to catch your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast